Andreas Christensen could force international defender to Stoke or West Brom

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has been linked with a surprise loan move away from the club.

The Frenchman didn’t play much last season after recovering from a long spell out with a knee injury, and he was unable to break into the stable back-line that served Antonio Conte’s 343 so well last season.

The departure of John Terry and Nathan Ake has been offset by the arrival of Antonio Rudiger from Roma, but according to Sky Sports, Premier Leauge clubs including West Brom and Stoke are looking at the defender.

There is some dispute among Chelsea fans over whether to let the French international go. Andreas Christensen is a highly rated prospect and he is currently getting his chance to impress Antonio Conte in training. If the Dane does well over the next few days, he could find himself pushing his erstwhile teammate Zouma towards the exit door – at least temporarily.